Columbia has received an enormous amount of rain in the past year, leaving many homeowners with flooding or moisture problems that have caused mold growth. If you are concerned that there is mold in your home, it is important for the health of you and your family to have it identified and remediated. Follow these guidelines to help you figure out how to handle mold.
How to identify a mold problem
- Look for mold growth: Mold is often quite visible, and it can come in a variety of colors (black, green, white, gray, brown, yellow) and textures (velvety, cottony, granular, leathery).
- Smell: If you smell a musty, earthy odor or an unpleasant odor in your home, it may be a sign of a mold problem.
- Worsening allergy symptoms: Mold can cause serious health problems. If you notice allergy-like symptoms when the heat comes on or in certain areas of your home, it may be an indication of mold growth.
- Investigate water damage: If your home has sustained water damage or has excess moisture, it is a breeding ground for mold growth. You should get rid of the mold and fix the moisture problem to prevent future mold growth.
- Testing: If you are unsure whether or not you have a mold problem, having testing done can help identify if there is a problem.
Mold can have serious consequences for your health, so if you are concerned that you may have a mold problem, it is important to address it quickly. People have varying reactions to mold, but mold has been known to cause coughing, wheezing, sore throats, and even serious fungal respiratory infections.
How to get rid of mold
- Remediation is dangerous without the proper protection and procedure, so please call a professional if you are unsure about any part of the process.
- The first step to mold remediation is identifying and fixing the moisture problem. This is essential to prevent future mold growth in the same area.
- Dry all wet materials
- remove and properly dispose of contaminated materials
- Wear protection: Mold removal is dangerous if you are not protected. During mold removal, one should wear long sleeves and pants or a HAZMAT suit, gloves, goggles, and a respirator.
- Protect others: Enclose all moldy items in plastic bags or sheeting before removing it from the home, separate the work area from the uncontaminated area with plastic sheeting, cover the vents in the work area to prevent spreading contaminates throughout the home, and place fans to propel contaminated air outdoors.
- Clean and disinfect the moldy surfaces: It is important to remove mold spores from where they are, even if they are dead, because they can still cause health problems.
Give us a call if you are worried about mold!
If you have concerns about mold in your home, we are happy to come inspect your home and give you a free estimate for removal. With all of the health risks involved in mold growth and the dangers of removing it, give us a call at (803) 429-0793 if you need professional help!